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Advanced Woodwind Methods (Online)

This course is designed to prepare candidates with appropriate techniques, procedures and materials for use in teaching flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone and bassoon. Methodologies for teaching hand position, fingering, posture, embouchure, articulation and intonation for all instruments are covered.

Instructor: Ruth A. Rhodes


Ruth A. Rhodes is Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Music Education at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago.  As Dean, she is responsible for the full range of activities pertaining to the academic and musical life of the students enrolled in the graduate program, which is one of the largest in the U.S.  She currently teaches woodwind courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and served as professor of clarinet at VanderCook College for 18 years.  She is very proud to have served her alma mater for over 40 years as a faculty member and administrator.
Ms. Rhodes received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music and her Master of Music degree from Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University.  She is a clarinetist with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra; co-founded and performed with the chamber group Ensemble d’Accord (which performed live on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series on WFMT); performed with the Opera Theater of Illinois for several seasons; and has performed with the Orchestra of Illinois and Lyric Opera of Chicago.  She has had great fun performing with the Moody Blues, Kansas, Led Zeppelin, ABBA, Mannheim Steamroller, Cherish the Ladies, Itzhak Perlman, Leon Fleischer, Marilyn Horne, Frank Sinatra Jr., Shirley Jones, Pete Fountain, and Tony Bennett to name a few.
Her articles have been published in Bandworld Magazine and in The Instrumentalist; she served as a woodwind consultant on the Essential Elements Band Method DVD for the Hal Leonard Publishing Co., and was an adjudicator for the Boosey & Hawkes Buffet-Crampon Clarinet Competition.


Registration for all online courses closes at 12:00 noon CST on February 1, 2019. All online courses will begin on February 4, 2019 and conclude on May 5, 2019.

Course Information

552 Advanced Woodwind Methods (Online)
2 graduate credits
Tuition: $1,028 due in full with registration.
Advanced Woodwind Methods has one course level. Students enrolled in the MMEd program at VanderCook are eligible to enroll
in online courses at the 500 level. Students not enrolled in the MMEd program who wish to earn graduate credit as a MECA Continuing Education student should register at the 7000 level. The difference in credits earned and tuition cost is attributed to the difference in tuition rates for the MMEd and MECA Continuing Education programs. If you are unsure which section is best for you, please contact us directly at

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